2019 Apex Alumni Dayton Lambert


Dayton Lambert is a professor and Willard Sparks Chair in Agribusiness at Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics. He arrived at OSU in 2018, after 12 years as faculty member at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Lambert’s research interests are production economics, regional economics, decision theory, and econometrics. He holds a joint research and teaching appointment.

His education includes a B.A. in Anthropology from Miami University of Ohio, a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University, a M.S. in Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (05’). He served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Burundi and Gabon, Central Africa.

In 2000, he began graduate studies in Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and had an opportunity to research two relatively new (at that time) fields in agricultural economics – precision agriculture and spatial econometrics. Precision agriculture paved the way for his focus on applied production economics. Spatial econometrics provided a comparative advantage with respect to tackling models to analyze regional economies, international trade, urban-rural dynamics, firm location, and land use change.

Lambert’s current research at OSU continues a USDA/NIFA project with University of Tennessee agricultural economists, soil scientists, and civil engineers, titled “Increasing the Resilience of Agricultural Production in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins through More Efficient Water Resource Use.” His current research interests at OSU include farm and agribusiness entry-exit, the Food-Water-Energy Nexus, agribusiness mergers and acquisitions, land use change and farm policy, and beef cattle-forage production systems and risk. 


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